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Higher Education Institutions Prepare For Online Learning


Corpus Christi (Southside Light News)--Students and faculty of higher education institutions across Texas are working to quickly transition their curriculum online, including right here in Corpus Christi. 

Earlier this week, colleges and universities in Texas announced classes would resume after spring break, but only online, due to the coronavirus outbreak. 

“This is a whole new ball game, so now we are trying to understand how to play," says Chris Jones a student at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. “I’m want to see how it works because I personally do better whenever I’m actually talking to other students and I can actually go to the professor after class and ask questions." 
Other students, who are more visual learners, say that they are doing just fine with the transition and are finding that the online learning options are more suited for their lifestyle. 
Some professors are using tools like Zoom and WebX to conduct their classes online. TAMU-CC utilizes a system known as Blackboard to help students access their material. 
Over at Del Mar College they utilize the Canvas software, which is also used by Corpus Christi ISD. 
"I like this because I already know how to use it and I am familiar with it," says Del Mar student Christine Gonzales. "I mean you know, I feel like I am pretty prepared." 
Online educational expert Brandon Crowder told us that faculty need to do certain things to make sure that the transition is less difficult. 
"Professors need to provide clear expectations relating to grading, assignments and assessments during this time," Crowder says. "We all need to work together and recognize that students and faculty are likely not working as effectively or efficiently as they otherwise might under normal circumstances." 
He also says educational faculty cannot just assume that students will have the same learning experience off campus that they have on campus.
"We just all need to take time to understand that this an whole new world for a lot of people and that we need to adapt together just like we did in the moments after 9/11." 

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